Rachel Maddow's claim that MSNBC is "not a political operation" was thoroughly debunked Sunday by the conservative website Johnny Dollar's Place.
As NewsBusters previously reported, Maddow on Friday defended Keith Olbermann's suspension for violating NBC's campaign finance rules by attacking Fox News hosts for raising money for Republicans. In the segment, she argued that aside from the "Countdown" host's indiscretion, MSNBCers don't engage in such activity.
As the following video marvelously demonstrates, Democrat candidates in recent months went on MSNBC programs such as "Hardball," "The Ed Show," "Countdown," and "The Rachel Maddow Show" to raise money for themselves (video follows with commentary):
As anyone should expect, liberal talk-radio hosts were not happy with the election returns, but they turned their anger on President Obama for his perfunctory pledges to work together with Republicans in the next two years. On Wednesday afternoon, Ed Schultz attacked him as “Mister Vanilla”:
Well, just what I thought. Mr. Vanilla, Barack Obama, flat and lame, olive branches coming out all over the place, can't we all just get along, I'm ready to work with you...This is Jimmy Carter on steroids! And then some! Generic. Vanilla. Non-combatant. No lines in the sand. I think it lacks leadership. I really, really do.
Schultz doesn't seem to have enough of a grasp of modern history to recall that President Carter couldn't even work with congressional Democrats, which is why he faced a primary challenge from Ted Kennedy in 1980. Schultz seems worried that Obama will be so agreeable he won't be re-electable:
Are you an elected Democrat? Someone who managed to survive the whacking this week, but is still looking forward to early retirement beginning in 2012? We've got the perfect political consulting firm for you: Grayson-Uygur . . .
Sitting in for Ed Schultz this evening, Cenk Uygur embraced Dem loser Alan Grayson's hyper-confrontional campaigning style, while adding a suggestion all his own: Dem arrogance and triumphalism.
Please, Dems, retain this apocryphal firm immediately: we could be headed to the first 435-0 House in history. View video after the jump.
I'm an official card-carrying member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, sitting in every morning on the super-secret nationwide conference call during which we receive our marching orders from the Forces of Evil. But unless I've missed something—and granted, maybe the extra-bold coffee doesn't always kick in—not once have I heard mention of a plan to impeach Pres. Obama.
So what does Ed Schultz know that I don't? He splattered his MSNBC show this evening with incessant dark speculation to the effect that the new Republican majority is plotting to impeach Pres. Obama. View video after the jump.
Warning that victorious House Republicans may be conducting an investigation of the actual birthplace of President Obama, MSNBC's Ed Schultz called a possible GOP victory a "rebirth of the birthers."
"There is nothing good about losing the House," Schultz remarked Nov 1, on his Monday evening MSNBC show. "[House Republicans] may even be launching an investigation into the President's birthplace. It will be a rebirth of the 'birthers,'" he warned.
Schultz even went as far as to think the Republicans might try to impeach President Obama. "I think these radicals plan to impeach the President," he spat.
The House GOP will be all "about power and not governing," if they hold the majority, Schultz complained, ranting that "Michelle Bachmann wants to subpoena the entire administration."
On his Wednesday radio show, Ed Schultz boasted to his listeners about his MSNBC ratings: “We had a record number of people watching on Monday night – 872,000 people. I have to start the program by saying thank you.”
“Record” by what measure? Certainly, not by comparison with Fox: TV By The Numbers has Special Report with Bret Baier drawing more than 2.1 million people (and Schultz with 858,000). Schultz played the Man-From-Fargo card, claiming his ratings “record” wasn’t appreciated by the media blogs:
While slamming Rand Paul supporters who assaulted a MoveOn.org worker in Kentucky, Ed Schultz claimed Wednesday there was simply no other side to the story – that he had not seen "any violence, anywhere, from anybody on the Left." Furthermore, Schultz blamed GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul for inciting the violence.
How desperate is the liberal media? How totally has it abandoned any attempt to run on the Obama record? Ed Schultz's MSNBC show this evening was 100% Obama-record free. It was—entirely and without exception—devoted to Republican bashing.
Come along, if you dare, down Ed's miserable, fly-blown landcape, as we break down the sorry show, segment-by-segment . . .
Whatever happened to Ed Schultz's solidarity with the working man? Isn't that supposed to be the essence of Schultz's shtick? But on his MSNBC show this evening, Ed played the paid-by-management Pinkerton, busting his nightstick over the head of . . . Juan Williams.
Proclaimed anti-worker Ed: "when you fire somebody: it's over, move on. Don't go back over spilled milk."
Ed Schultz, tool of the bosses--who knew? Video after the jump.
The folks at MSNBC are for some reason still under the impression that they are anything but a far less successful liberal alternative to Fox News.
The former channel's president, Phil Griffin, tried to perpetuate that delusion in a blog post by New York Times media blogger Brian Stelter on Sunday. Griffin claimed that MSNBC, unlike Fox News, does not help guests who are political candidates solicit funds on air.
In fact, MSNBC talker Ed Schultz has done just that on multiple occasions. “Show me an example of us fund-raising,” Stelter quotes Griffin as saying. Perhaps he should have reviewed his own channel's coverage before making that challenge.
MSNBC's Ed Schultz on Friday called internet giants Matt Drudge and Andrew Breitbart liars for supposedly cherry-picking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's "but for me we'd be in a worldwide depression" comment (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Hey, it's Friday night. Time to kick back, relax, and have a few chuckles, courtesy Ed Schultz. On his MSNBC show this evening, Schultz, somehow managing to keep a straight face, claimed that NPR is "as down the middle as you can get."
Schultz served up his side-splitter in condemning Jim DeMint and other Republicans for proposing the federal defunding of NPR. In the world according to Ed, the Republican suggestion to withdraw NPR's taxpayer subsidies reflects a GOP plan to "shut down any dissenting voices in this country." Ed, buddy: Dems control the White House and both houses of Congress. NPR is the voice of pro-government flackery, not dissent. The rebels are . . . the Republicans!
In August, Ed Schultz reportedly erupted in the MSNBC newsroom over being excluded from the network's election night promos. According to the NY Post, network honchos threatened to fire Schultz if he pulled a similar stunt again.
Could there be some kiss-and-make-up going on at 30 Rock? Of all the MSNBC personages, the network apparently selected Schultz first to have his own spot in the "Lean Forward" series of network promos. It aired this afternoon during Chris Matthews "Hardball" . . . and the theme was pure class warfare.
Scolded Schultz: "Why are we letting the top 2% of the population win over the other 98?" View video after jump.
In his latest meandering diatribe, MSNBC left-wing bloviator Ed Schultz yesterday hilariously mischaracterized the Republican Party's position on education reform as a scheme to create a cheap labor force of ignorant Americans by abolishing public education.
"They want us to be just like the folks in Indonesia," fumed Schultz. "They love the cheap labor. They love the 40 cents an hour stuff. So the best thing we can do on the right is what they're saying: let's just eliminate, let's abolish public education."
The incensed host of "The Ed Show" pressed on, invoking identity politics:
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday’s The Ed Show on MSNBC, Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter applauded President Obama for bringing "poetry" back into the campaign as he cited former New York Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo’s famous saying about campaigning "in poetry" and governing "in prose." Alter: "Look, he (Obama) overlearned Mario Cuomo's famous lesson. Cuomo said you campaign in poetry and govern in prose. And he took that too much to heart. He's been governing too much in prose. Finally, he's beginning to bring some of the poetry back, the poetry that moves people and inspires people. And it's about time."
The Newsweek columnist went on to credit President Obama with preventing another Great Depression after host Ed Schultz lamented that Obama is not receiving credit for recent gains in the stock market. Alter: "He saved them. He saved their fortunes. We were headed for a depression. We were losing 750,000 jobs a month when he took over. If we'd stayed on pace, we would have had another Great Depression in late 2009. He saved them."
When is it OK for a politician to slam a shot to show she's a regular gal? Easy: when she's a Dem. If she's a Republican? Well, that's a shot of entirely different sort. She's a wasted drunk.
Just ask Ed Schultz. On his show this evening, the MSNBCer took Carly Fiorina to task for taking a shot of tequila on the campaign trail. Schultz slammed the California Republican senatorial candidate as "drunken" and "wasted."
The more I watch Ed Schultz on MSNBC, the more I realize he may actually be a bigger idiot than recently fired CNN anchor Rick Sanchez.
Helping to prove my point, Schultz on Thursday said companies that buy back their own stock are un-American.
"Large companies have purchased -- here are the numbers -- $273 billion -- billion -- of their own shares this year. And my friends, that is five times as much as compared to this time last year," exclaimed a typically red-faced Schultz.
"This is what they`re doing," he continued. "They`re hogging. The American companies have no sense of economic patriotism" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
How much in the tank for Democrats would you have to be as a mainstream media member to say on national television that Hillary Clinton is one of the best Secretaries of State this nation has ever had?
Or that Joe Biden is one of the best Vice Presidents?
Well that's what liberal radio host Bill Press told Ed Schultz Wednesday on MSNBC's "The Ed Show."
Not surprisingly, the host didn't bat an eye (video follows with transcript and commentary):
You're Ed Schultz. Sorry about that, but work with me. Your big beef on tonight's show is foreign influence on US elections. What would be the glaring, obvious, overwhelming thing you would want to avoid in your choice of a guest? Having a union boss who is himself a foreigner, you say? Bingo! Yet that's exactly the slip-up Schultz committed.
A number of media liberals are up in arms over a far-left blog's inconclusive investigation - replete with innuendo and assumption - purporting to show that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has illegally spent funds obtained from foreign entities on political campaigns in the United States.
Of course near-identical efforts by a handful of the most powerful labor unions have not been mentioned.
The New York Times and MSNBC's Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz have all opined on the horrors of the Chamber's use of foreign funds. They all unquestionably parroted a report by the Center for American Progress's ThinkProgress blog that doesn't actually show that foreign funds have been spent on domestic political races. Meanwhile, labor unions have been given a pass, despite the amazing resemblance their political spending bears to the Chamber's.
Not everyone at the Daily Kos was happy about the "One Nation" rally on Saturday. The blogger "One Pissed Off Liberal" was upset with MSNBC host Ed Schultz for honoring the troops, and that God person:
I was a little disappointed in Ed Shultz [sic], who at the end of his talk said, "God bless the troops who are keeping us safe." And I thought, and Daniel later echoed, did he have to say that? Do we have to parrot rightwing memes to set the patriot heart-strings a quiver? With all the gut-wrenching problems that face us and the dire consequences of doing the same old nothing, must we resort to fairy tales and bull---- to inspire the masses? Do we have to create boogeymen who hate us for our freedoms before we get off our asses and do something about global warming, ocean acidification, resource depletion, planet-wide pollution, joblessness, homelessness, increased human suffering and all the rest?
OPOL displayed a deep paranoia about the D.C. police and the possibility the left-wing dissenters would be brutalized or even killed with a missile:
Nation magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel made some truly disgusting remarks on MSNBC Monday.
Chatting with Ed Schultz about Saturday's "One Nation" rally, vanden Heuvel first offered a despicable racial comparison between the makeup of that crowd and the one at the "Restoring Honor" rally in August.
Next, the unapologetic liberal said Glenn Beck and Fox News "shamed Martin Luther King's great speech by appropriating that terrain" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Ed Schultz on Friday predicted that more than 300,000 people would attend Saturday's "One Nation" rally in Washington, D.C.
This wasn't the first time he made such a bold forecast, for on August 31 just days after Glenn Beck's successful "Restoring Honor" rally, Schultz arrogantly boasted on his radio program, "I could get the Service Employees International Union, I could get AFSCME, I could get all these -- I guarantee you, I could do more than 300,000!"
Clearly, this guarantee wasn't worth much as pictures show Saturday's event receiving far less attendees than the Beck gathering in August.
But before we get there, here's what Schultz said at the end of Friday's "The Ed Show" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Since the Tea Party movement first captured America's attention in 2009, the media have gone apoplectic over some of the signs held by event attendees.
To give you an idea of the level of fascination, a Google search of the phrase "hate-filled Tea Party signs" produces 378,000 results.
With this in mind, as Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in the nation's capital approached, numerous press outlets hyperventilated in expectation of all kinds of offensive posters adorning the National Mall.
Sadly for the conservative despising media, such fears didn't come to fruition.
However, at Saturday's "One Nation" rally, numerous hate-filled signs did emerge:
The media - and especially MSNBC's Ed Schultz - were hoping for a huge turnout at Saturday's "One Nation" rally in Washington, D.C.
So hopeful were so-called journalists that this liberal event would top the attendance of Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in August that Schultz even "guaranteed" on his radio show that he "could do more than 300,000."
Well, here's a picture of Saturday's gathering followed by a similar angled shot taken during "Restoring Honor."